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TRACK TALK LIVE: May 2017

The MRA team of Doug Hodgdon and Steve Doyle (“Clickety and Clack”) hosted the May Track Talk Live at Steve’s “CB&Q/Lines East” S-Scale layout. Viewers representing virtually all of the scales submitted live questions from across North America. Among them, the crew discussed troubleshooting faulty locomotives, DCC-running versus DC, inspiration for layout aspects, tree-making and…

Switch Panels on the Sante Fe Model Railroad

Gary Hoover is using a DCC system for his Santa Fe model railroad layout. He controls the turnouts by stationary decoders which then run through the DCC system. When he wants to make a position change on a turnout, he issues a command through his handheld controller and then the turnout throws. With all the…

TRACK TALK LIVE: August 2017

August’s Track Talk Live saw Doug Hodgdon and Steve Doyle take to the road to visit the G (Garden) scale layout of Bob Rivard, whose layout has been featured in Great Model Railroads and Garden Railroads. With lots of action behind them, the duo of Clickety and Clack fielded many questions from beginners wondering about…

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TRACK TALK LIVE ON THE ROAD: September 2016

Taking Track Talk Live on the road again, Model Railroad Academy’s Doug Hodgdon (“Clickety”) and Steve Doyle (“Clack”) visited the 129-year old St. Louis Park Depot in Minnesota, which once served the Milwaukee Road, and learned more about its preservation as a National Register of Historic Places site. In the monthly live event, they also…

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Track Talk Live: November 2016

Track Talk Live’s Pre-Thanksgiving program didn’t serve up any turkeys, but there were plenty of pre-submitted and live questions for Clickety and Clack (aka Doug Hodgdon and Steve Doyle). As model railroading season chuffs into high gear, viewers needed answers about sub-roadbeds, laser-cut kits, bubbles in realistic water, materials for mountains, rail sizes, DCC systems,…

The Ultimate Model Railroading 11-Video Set

Description 11-Video Set: The Ultimate Model Railroading Collection (DVD + Download) This is the most comprehensive collection of tips, techniques, ideas and inspiration that a model railroader will need. Improve your skills on every key aspect of building, maintaining, and improving great model railroad layouts. This set includes 11 DVDs, with nearly 12 hours of…

Grosser’s Nostalgia Trip by Ray and Renee Grosser Video Download

Description Video Download: Grosser’s Nostalgia Trip by Ray and Renee Grosser Allen Keller’s Great Model Railroads Volume 31 “Grosser’s Nostalgia Trip” is a 1950’s era re-creation of the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Saint Marie Railroad, otherwise known as the Soo Line. You may have seen this layout at a train show, or at the…

Using an Isolated Track to Program Locomotives

Decoders can be used on a model railroad layout to operate a wide variety of components, from switches and lights to signals and controls. But the most important piece of equipment you can control with a decoder is the locomotive. In order to properly operate a locomotive with an onboard decoder, you have to first…

Creating a Traffic Control System with Martin Tarnrot

In this video, modeler Martin Tarnrot will be talking about model railroad control systems, often referred to as computer control. He has drawn a simplified sketch of his view of a digitally controlled model railroad. On the lowest level are the engines, turnouts, and the signals. These devices are more or less just receivers of…

The Complete Model Railroading Bundle

Description 11-Video Set: The Complete Model Railroading 11-Video Bundle w/ 4 Tools (DVD + Download) This is the most comprehensive collection of tips, techniques, ideas and inspiration that a model railroader will need. Improve your skills on every key aspect of building, maintaining, and improving great model railroad layouts. This set includes 11 videos, with…